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Davison wins her home race at Catamount Classic Pro XCT

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Lea Davison (Specialized) in the air at the first double drop

Lea Davison (Specialized) in the air at the first double drop
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Under 23 National Champion Kate Courtney (Specialized)

Under 23 National Champion Kate Courtney (Specialized)
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Katerina Nash (Luna Pro Team) moments before she crashe on the rocks

Katerina Nash (Luna Pro Team) moments before she crashe on the rocks
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Daniela Campuzano (Mexico National Team) got caught up behind the Nash crash

Daniela Campuzano (Mexico National Team) got caught up behind the Nash crash
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Crystal Anthony (Riverside Racing) got off to a poor start but moved up dramatically

Crystal Anthony (Riverside Racing) got off to a poor start but moved up dramatically
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Kate Courtney (Specialized) will probably be winning these events some day

Kate Courtney (Specialized) will probably be winning these events some day
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USA Champion Lea Davison (Specialized)

USA Champion Lea Davison (Specialized)
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Erin Huck (Tokyo Joe’s) has to be considered one of the pre-race favorites

Erin Huck (Tokyo Joe’s) has to be considered one of the pre-race favorites
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Luna riders (L to R) (Maghalie Rochette, Georgia Gould, and Katerina Nash)

Luna riders (L to R) (Maghalie Rochette, Georgia Gould, and Katerina Nash)
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Chloe Woodruff (Backcountry.com) is also a pre-race favorite

Chloe Woodruff (Backcountry.com) is also a pre-race favorite
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Lea Davison (Specialized) takes the hole-shot and leads lap one

Lea Davison (Specialized) takes the hole-shot and leads lap one
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Lea Davison (Specialized) is marked by Katerina Nash in the tall grass

Lea Davison (Specialized) is marked by Katerina Nash in the tall grass
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Kate Courtney (Specialized) riding in the top ten

Kate Courtney (Specialized) riding in the top ten
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Maghalie Rochette (Luna Pro Team) riding uphill on lap two

Maghalie Rochette (Luna Pro Team) riding uphill on lap two
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Lea Davison (Specialized) is contratulated by her many hometown fans

Lea Davison (Specialized) is contratulated by her many hometown fans
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Lea Davison (Specialized) takes the win at Catamount for the second time in two years

Lea Davison (Specialized) takes the win at Catamount for the second time in two years
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Katerina Nash (Luna Pro Team) finishing second

Katerina Nash (Luna Pro Team) finishing second
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Chloe Woodruff (Backcountry.com) finishing third

Chloe Woodruff (Backcountry.com) finishing third
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Vicki Barclay (Stan’s NoTubes) is a rock lover

Vicki Barclay (Stan’s NoTubes) is a rock lover
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Erica Tingey (Team Jamis) riding the rocks with ease

Erica Tingey (Team Jamis) riding the rocks with ease
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Mo Bruno-Roy (Cycle Loft) riding over the rock garden

Mo Bruno-Roy (Cycle Loft) riding over the rock garden
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Daniela Campuzano (Mexico National Team)

Daniela Campuzano (Mexico National Team)
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Pro Women's front row at Catamount

Pro Women's front row at Catamount
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Lea Davison fans lined her home course

Lea Davison fans lined her home course
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Lea Davison (Specialized) leading Katerina Nash (Luna) on lap one

Lea Davison (Specialized) leading Katerina Nash (Luna) on lap one
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Kate Courtney (Specialized) was even with Georgia Gould early in lap one

Kate Courtney (Specialized) was even with Georgia Gould early in lap one
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Shayna Powless (BMC Project) climbing on lap one

Shayna Powless (BMC Project) climbing on lap one
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Georgia Gould (Luna Pro Team) attempting to make up for a poor start

Georgia Gould (Luna Pro Team) attempting to make up for a poor start
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Katerina Nash (Luna Pro Team) was the only rider who stayed with Davison during her initial surge

Katerina Nash (Luna Pro Team) was the only rider who stayed with Davison during her initial surge
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Rose Grant (Sportsman and Haus) has been riding well lately

Rose Grant (Sportsman and Haus) has been riding well lately
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Shayna Powless (BMC Project) having no problem with all the A-lines

Shayna Powless (BMC Project) having no problem with all the A-lines
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Ellen Noble (Trek) showed off her technical skills today

Ellen Noble (Trek) showed off her technical skills today
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Rose Grant (Sportsman and Haus) landing a gap jump

Rose Grant (Sportsman and Haus) landing a gap jump
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Ellen Noble (Trek) soaring off a jump

Ellen Noble (Trek) soaring off a jump
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About half the women took the second A-line while the other half took a long go-around

About half the women took the second A-line while the other half took a long go-around
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Erin Huck (Tokyo Joe’s) clawed her way back into contention on lap two

Erin Huck (Tokyo Joe’s) clawed her way back into contention on lap two
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Chloe Woodruff (Backcountry.com) steadily moved up to the leaders

Chloe Woodruff (Backcountry.com) steadily moved up to the leaders
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Erin Huck (Tokyo Joe’s) beating Daniela Campuzano in a sprint

Erin Huck (Tokyo Joe’s) beating Daniela Campuzano in a sprint
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One week after winning the US cross country nationals, Lea Davison (Specialized) won the US Pro XCT final at the Catamount Classic on home turf in Vermont.  Katerina Nash and Georgia Gould (both Luna Pro Team) rounded out the top three at 37 and 43 seconds respectively.

"I can't believe it. This a dream come true to win in front of my home crowd. They cheered me on," said Davison after her victory. "It's unbelievable to have surgery and come back and win this."

How it happened

All eyes were on US National Champion Davison as she lined up on her home course, and in front of a throng of her Little Bella young ladies.

Catharine Pendrel (Luna Pro Team), who provided Davision with major competition last year, is currently competing for Canada at the Commonwealth Games. However, the powerful Luna squad brought Olympians Katerina Nash and Georgia Gould to bolster their chances for a win.

As expected, Davison took the hole-shot, and throughout the first lap it appeared that only Nash was up to the task of riding with her. Gould was not far off the pace but could not quite close down the gap. By lap three, however, Nash took the lead.

In the tight uphill singletrack, she appeared to be blocking Davison, which allowed her teammate Gould to join them. Shortly thereafter, Chloe Woodruff (Backcountry.com), Erin Huck (Tokyo Joe’s) and Daniela Campuzano (Mexico National Team) all bridged up to the leaders.

Surprisingly, Huck attacked the whole group and forced the pace incredibly high. As Huck led into the rock garden on lap four, Nash crashed just behind her, allowing Davison to get around her. On the final lap, Davison simply went harder and faster than anyone else. On the open sections of the course, she could be seen hammering up each climb out of the saddle. Nash did her best to chase but finished 37 seconds behind to claim second place.

Gould rolled in third, and Woodruff claimed the fourth spot. Huck provided some fireworks at the finish as she out-sprinted Campuzano for the last spot on the podium.

Results

Elite women
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Lea Davison (Specialized Racing)1:31:55
2Katerina Nash (Luna Pro Team)0:00:37
3Georgia Gould (Luna Pro Team)0:00:43
4Chloe Woodruff (Backcountry.Com Bike Team)0:00:54
5Erin Huck (Tokyo Joes-Vcgraphix.Com)0:01:11
6Daniela Campuzano (Mexico National Team)0:01:12
7Sandra Walter (Liv/Giant Canada)0:01:57
8Rose Grant (Sportsman And Haus)0:03:51
9Crystal Anthony (Riverside Racing)0:04:34
10Kate Courtney (Specialized Racing)0:04:50
11Maghalie Rochette (Luna Pro Team)0:05:35
12Cindy Montambault (Cvm 2 Vals / Equipe Du Quebec)0:05:49
13Rebecca Beaumont (Equipe Du Quebec / Cyclone D'alma/ Devinci)0:07:21
14Amy Beisel (Liv/Giant - Tuff Shed)0:08:02
15Shayna Powless (Bmc Project Dirt Presented By Kmc)0:09:14
16Larissa Connors (Marin Bikes Factory Team)0:09:48
17Maureen Bruno Roy (Bob's Red Mill P/B Seven Cycles)0:10:20
18Ellen Noble (Bear Development)0:11:30
19Elizabeth White (Uvm Cycling)0:12:10
20Erin Alders (Liv/ Giant)0:12:38
21Elisa Otter (Bicycles Express)0:12:45
22Erica Tingey (Team Jamis)0:13:07
23Emily Shields (Bmc Project Dirt Presented By Kmc)0:13:34
24Vicki Barclay (Stan's Notubes Elite Women's Team)0:14:02
25Serena Gordon (All Access Racing)0:14:50
26Joanne Grogan (Ness)0:15:34
27Laura Morfin (Mexico National Team)0:15:51
28Chloe Cross (Team Whistler)0:18:15
29Gabrielle April (Rocky Mountain/Procycle)0:18:38
DNFFrederique Larose-Gingras (Cvm Subway Sigma)

Junior women
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Soren Meeuwisse (Team Ontario/Trek Canada Mtb Team)0:59:23
2Marine Lewis (Espresso Sport/Equipe Du Quebec)0:01:04
3Laurie Arseneault (Team Iris)0:01:46
4Paige Foxcroft (Team Ontario - Cycle Solutions Angry Johnny's Cc)0:02:34
5Amelie Simard (Cvm Subway Sigma)0:02:48
6Ksenia Lepikhina (Tokyo Joe's)0:03:27
7Anne-Julie Tremblay (Equipe Team / Cyclone D'alma)0:03:48
8Sabrina Bureau (Subway-Sigma)0:05:05
DNFElodie Bernier (Team Quebec)
DNFBrenda Santoyo (Mexico National )

 

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